Future Stars – Vincent Janssen

Since reaching the final of the 2010 World Cup, the Netherlands have been on a downward trajectory. This was evident at the 2012 Euros when they finished bottom of their group and again when they failed to qualify for this Summers competition. Even though they reached the semi-final of the 2014 World Cup, this success masked over[…]

Dirt Kuyt Enjoying Late-Career Renaissance at Feyenoord

You don’t have to be a native Dutch speaker to have enjoyed the video featuring Dirk Kuyt and his children that was circulated across the internet in the summer. In the 90 second-long clip, the former Liverpool forward reveals that he is returning to Feyenoord, the club he represented for three years between 2003 and[…]

Talent Radar: 5 of the Worlds Most Talented Young Centre Backs

Podcasts, forums, opinion articles and talk shows almost always clash over the standards of todays defending. Are attackers simply much better than they were a decade ago when Italian Serie A sides were disappointed to let one goal in. Do attackers get the benefit of the doubt for big decisions? Or are defenders simply getting[…]

Long Term Identity and Success Come Hand in Hand in World Foobtall

Identity is underrated in football, but style is revered. However, style comes directly from the identity of a team, which can come in two forms – formation and player type. Over the years so many successful teams have had a strong identity coupled with a unique style of play, stemming from a good relationship between[…]

Netherlands on the brink after dreadful Euro qualifying campaign

Last summer, an unfancied Netherlands team reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in Brazil, losing on penalties to Argentina before comprehensively beating the hosts in the third place play-off. 15 months on, the Dutch find themselves on the brink of failing to reach Euro 2016 after a dismal qualification campaign. The Netherlands’ run to[…]